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Top Music Videos for July 2014.

A round-up of our favourite music videos posted over the month of July!

Zaki Ibrahim - Draw the Line

Filmed in a coloured neighborhood in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, the video follows a day in the life of a young girl in an area and community that was and still is marred by the harsh racial and social policies of apartheid, but is also rich in culture and history. The video captures a myriad of emotions and paints a portrait of a girl caught between two worlds - that of her immediate surroundings, and that of her imagination.

Waje ft Tiwa Savage - Onye

Two Nigerian divas team up for a comedic video with a hilarious storyline. And who ever said you can’t wair heels and a bustier whilst pounding yam the traditional way?

M.anifest & HHP - Jigah

Two hip-hop heavyweights representing Ghana and South Africa team up for a huge collaboration, shot on the streets of Jozi, with both rappers looking like pan-African comrades.

Ace - Jeje

Combining the old and the new, musically and visually speaking, the video for ‘Jeje’ takes us through re-imagined hip and colourful party scenes of previous decades.

Y’AKOTO - Perfect Timing

German-Ghanaian artist Y’AKOTO takes us on a colourful tour of Accra from the back of a van taxi and on a road bike along with the most stylish biker boys and girls we’ve ever seen.

Moko - Your Love

Voguing, pom-pom pigtails, a killer 90s dance music sound and an equally amazing voice will make you want to surrendor more than your love to this lovely lady.

SZA - Julia / (Tender)

Spotted SZA wearing a Bògòlanfini print jacket in this video, amongst other beautiful prints, patterns and fabulous bold jewelry.

Purple Ferdinand - Wasn’t Taught to Love

A raw and stripped down music video for a song that’s just as emotive and full of depth. Lots of lovely variations of purple. 

Tunde Olaniran - Critical

With direction from Kevin Eckert, Olaniran takes us on a multimedia and multiple layered visual journey that sees the singer play with shadows, various light hues, illustration, animation, and fashion.

Just A Band - Probably For Lovers

For their catchy and uber sweet love song taken off their Sorry for the Delay album, Just A Band put together a video that consists of their friends and fans from around the world singing along to the song in the cutest music video montage.

NEW MUSIC: Xav - Fall and Rise.

If you’re a fan of the likes of Johnny Clegg, Karen Zoid and Hot Water, you’ll enjoy the sounds of South African singer and songwriter Xavier Keyser.

Operating under the music moniker ‘Xav’, he Cape Town-based multi-instrumentalist not only writes, sings and plays all his own instruments, he also produces his own music, as well as films and edits his own music videos. “If I Could Dream”, his debut LP, was recorded, produced, engineered and mixed entirely by Xavier in a studio that I built in his father’s shed with the money I earned as a roadie/waiter.

This very same shed-studio is the room that Xavier can be seen playing in in this music video for one of the songs off his first album.

Watch ‘If I Could Dream’.

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NEW MUSIC: FKA Twigs - Pendulum.

As we await FKA Twigs’ highly anticipated debut LP1, the singer recently gave us another preview of a song featured on the album whilst on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1. The singer described Pendulum as one of her favourite tracks on the record.

The album drops on August 12th on Young Turks but for now, you can listen to the ethereal Two Weeks and leaked track Video Girl. 

NEW MUSIC: Zaki Ibrahim - Draw the Line.

The opening song on South African-Canadian singer Zaki Ibrahim's 2012 release Every Oppositefinally gets a music video.

Filmed in a coloured neighborhood in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, the video follows a day in the life of a young girl in an area and community that was and still is marred by the harsh racial and social policies of apartheid, but is also rich in culture and history. The video captures a myriad of emotions and paints a portrait of a girl caught between two worlds - that of her immediate surroundings, and that of her imagination.

Ibrahim was born in Canada to a South African father and mother from the UK. Her father, Zane Ibrahim, was a pioneering radio broadcaster in South Africa and was one of the founders of Bush Radio, an influential community station birthed by anti-apartheid activists and began as an illegal pirate radio station in 1993.

A multicultural individual, Ibrahim’s upbringing was one of a global citizen having lived in Canada, South Africa, the UK, France and Lebanon, but is currently based in Cape Town.

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NEW MUSIC: Moko - Your Love.

From her incredible look (I mean, have pigtails ever looked this fabulous?!) and amazing dance moves, to her rich and mesmerizing vocals, Moko is absolutely flawless in this video for her Chase & Status-produced 90s dance music-sounding single Your Love.

The 22-year-old singer with a voice that sounds beyond her years was born Diane Nadia Adu-Gyamfi in London. She released her debut EP Black in 2013 and there’s no denying the heavy trip-hop influence on her four-track effort. If the year was 1991 instead of 2013, I’m pretty sure Massive Attack would have featured her on their iconic Blue Linesalbum that produced one of my favourite songs of all time

But the song that led to Moko’s rise in the UK was her feature on Chase & Status’ song Count on Methat shot to number one on the UK Dance charts and reached the number five position on the UK singles chart back in September 2013.

Since then, it’s all been uphill for Moko and I’m so eager to hear more from her.

This girl is going places.

Stream her Black EP here.

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NEW MUSIC: Patoranking ft Olamide - Bora (Freestyle 2014).

In this brand new freestyle by Nigerian reggae and dancehall artist Patoranking, he teams up with fellow artist Olamide to address something we haven’t seen a lot of Nigerian musicians do.

With reports naming Nigeria as the African country with the highest prevalence of skin bleaching on the continent, the growing demand in Kenya for harmful skin bleaching injections, the scandal caused in South Africa by singer Mshoza after she underwent a process to lighten her complexion, and after the controversial skin lightening product that Cameroonian singer Dencia released earlier this year, there’s no denying that skin bleaching is a major issue in Africa.

Using beats from Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ produced by Nic Nac, Patoranking’s take on the subject makes use of dark humour as he sings about some of the negatives of ‘Bora’ (the Yoruba term for skin bleaching).

Although a little odd lyrically in some areas, it’s still important in many ways to see artists use their platforms as a means of addressing societal issues.

NEW MUSIC: Sinarambo ft Davido - Wa Ba Mi Lo.

Never heard of Sinrambo before, now I see why. Also not a great sound for Davido, he’s much better off making his usual Naija-style music.

Definitely taking a pass on this one.

NEW MUSIC: MAVINS - DOROBUCCI ft Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, Di’Ja.

One of the biggest songs of the year finally gets a video.

(they could have gotten better dancers though)

NEW MUSIC: Waje ft Tiwa Savage - Onye.

Anyone who knows me knows just how much, and how hard, I stan for Nigerian women in the music industry. Not only do many of them continuously put out fresh content, but when it comes to creativity, they rarely seem to lack in that department.

In the latest collaboration between Waje and recent MTV MAMA Award winner Tiwa Savage, they take their cues from both Western and traditional Nigerian influences putting a modern spin on the 1950s housewife trope and adding some flavour to something I’m referring to as the ‘pounded yam maiden’.

The result? Lots of humour, cuteness and pretty damn good acting.

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NEW MUSIC: Fuse ODG ft Sean Paul - Dangerous Love.

British-Ghanaian artist Fuse ODG teams up Jamaican musician Sean Paul for a hot summer track and music video shot in Miami.

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NEW MUSIC: Wizkid - Show You the Money.

We’re inclined to agree with ChristinaManch on twitter when it comes to WizKid's work ethic. With the number of singles and features he's churned out in recent months, you'd think the guy makes music in his sleep.

In his latest video, Wiz invites us to the neighborhood he grew up in in Lagos, Surulere, where he dons several dashikis, has an entourage of various dancers, and sprays money for people around him to catch. The video ends with someone unofficially naming him the ‘King of Surulere’. Wonder what Dr. SID would have to say about that.

And if the construction of this beat sounds familiar, that’s because it was produced by Shizzi, the same guy responsible for Davido’s hit dance anthem single ‘Skelewu’.

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NEW MUSIC: Ace - Jeje.

Following up from his 2013 single Dominate, Nigerian artist Ace delivers the track of the summer with his Fela-quoting Afrobeat-inspired jam song ‘Jeje’.

Combining the old and the new, musically and visually speaking, the video for ‘Jeje’ takes us through re-imagined hip and colourful party scenes of previous decades.

Definitely the best we’ve heard from Ace.

NEW MUSIC: Maleek Berry ft Wizkid - Feel Me.

Another collaboration between producer Maleek Berry and music wonder boy Wizkid.

NEW MUSIC: Y’AKOTO - Perfect Timing.

With a new album a little over a month away from release, German-Ghanaian singer Y’akoto (nee Jennifer Yaa Akoto Kieck) has given us our first taste of her sophomore effort Moody Blues with the single and accompanying video for her song ‘Perfect Timing’.

Coated with a little bit of modern jazz, a soulful blues-y essence and charming pop catchy-ness, the uber cute Y’akoto takes us on a mini-tour of Accra atop her road bike (BMX riders are becoming synonymous with the city), followed by a band of stylishly dressed followers as she relays a story of a lost opportunity for love, lots of bad luck and how she’s learned to let go.

Common in celebrating the release of his latest LP Nobody’s Smiling with a free album release party at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st.

Details on entry here.